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Richardson de Andrade was the star for World Cup favorites Brazil after bagging a brace in their 2-0 win over Serbia to open their 2022 tournament with an expected victory in Qatar.
In arguably one of the most anticipated openers, this year the Brazilians lived up to expectations as Richarlison repaid the coach’s faith in his selection with two goals.
The Tottenham Hotspurs striker opened the scoring in the 62nd minute before doubling his and Brazil’s tally in minute 73 as the five-time World Champions checked off the final group opener with an expected comfortable win.
In addition to win the goals mark a massive boost of confidence to the forward, who was at risk of missing the tournament completely after picking an injury against Chelsea in Tottenham’s penultimate match before the break.
The game saw a nervous wait for evaluation after leaving the stadium on crotches.
However, with the final evaluation reflecting nothing major of concern and required rest it clearly did the job with his return to full action.
Richarlison’s performance also spells good news for the South American giants who have among the best if not most potent attacking lineup this tournament.
With no over-reliance on any specific person, it means goals can come from anyone at any time during any game.
They now lead group G on Goal difference following Switzerland’s 1-0 win over Senegal.
Brazil will next face Switzerland on Monday in a top-of-the-table clash, with the winner securing their spot in the next round.